By Nathan Barton
In 2016, in the Fifty States, or for that matter, anywhere in the world, what is really worth fighting for if we are lovers of liberty? This is something to think about as we near the supposed climax of the 2016 election for Massa (and all the other tyrants, petty and not-so-petty).
What has been considered worth fighting for in the past, by our ancestors, spiritual or actual? Gold? Glory? Honor? Liberty? Freedom? Family? Love? God? Religion? Peace? Privacy? King? Country? Society? The Proletariat? All of these have been reasons for fighting in the past – and for both killing and dying. Are any of these still valued today? And in what way do we express how we value them?
For, in reality, if we say that something is worth fighting for, we are really saying that it is worth killing for. And worth dying for. For those who believe in the afterlife – day of judgment or not – it may be easier to be willing to die for a cause, for someone, for an idea or ideal. For those who do NOT believe in life after death, it may be very hard to give up life itself, no matter what the cause. But it is all too easy to kill, for something or someone worth fighting for. And experience shows that the more you kill, usually, the easier it is to kill yet again. And the more you kill, the more likely you are to be killed. (Remember Jesus’ warning: those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Keeping in mind that for followers of the Christ, dying is not a bad thing.)
For those of us who style ourselves lovers of liberty, whether we live by that style or not, it is a question that must be asked of ourselves and of others. Is this important enough to kill for? To die for? To risk such? And it is a question better asked sooner than later: one you already want to have answered to your own satisfaction BEFORE you have the candy bar lights in your rear view mirror and possibly your crosshairs, or your family members in the crosshairs of the rifle of some goon in black or blue.
This is important: important enough for Jesus to have addressed it in His Sermon on the Mount: there are times when it is better to accept being abused and taken advantage of, because the consequences of resisting in any way are far more serious. We call it (from His lesson) “going the second mile” or “turning the other cheek.”
But for most people – even those who might be somewhat cowardly – there DOES come a point at which they are willing to die. For someone or for something. Which means, most likely, that there are some people or some things that they believe are worth killing for. Which means that they are willing to fight for these things or people; physically fight, use force to resist, or even (if their moral code allows it) use force to preempt and prevent a threat to what or who they love enough to die for.
It is THIS that we should ask ourselves, our families, our friends, our comrades in arms or politics, and our brothers and sisters in faith. WHAT are we willing to fight for and, if necessary, kill and die for? Now, not later. It may be too late, later, to prepare. And preparation is essential: physical, mental, moral, and spiritual.
Enough is enough.